Feast of Saints Martha, Mary and Lazarus.
Golden Jubilee – 50th Anniversary of
Ordination to the Priesthood of Fr. Nivard.
Fr. Nivard is taking the Community Mass for the Jubilee. He say’s it is to be all very low key.
Abbot Mark, still bursar, will have a little something in the Refectory.
He says, “The Mass of Martha, Mary and Lazarus show us the beauty of a welcoming family, a home, a house of overflowing hospitality.
“What they were to Jesus God, our Father, has been to me from all eternity. He has showered me with blessings through my parents brothers, sisters and ancestors.
“I thank God for his mercy and love granted through Mother Church and my religious Family, MSB, Bamenda and especially, at the moment, for the unique hospitality of Sancta Maria Abbey. I don’t know how manage to put up with the beggar monk from
“But seriously, the gift of fifty years of priesthood is so great a grace that only with the Mass, the Eucharist, can we offer the Lord adequate thanksgiving. I thank you for joining me on this joyful occasion.
“Coming together as God’s family, with confidence, let us ask the Father’s forgiveness, for He is full of gentleness and compassion”.
Tuesday, 28 July 2009
Caldey - winding wall from monastery
leading to St. Davids Church
Sunday, 26 July 2009
Homily - Fr. Aelred
26 July [17th Sunday of Ordinary Time
For today and the next four Sundays the next Gospel Readings come from the Chapter six of
Most of John’s Eucharistic teaching is contained in this Chapter 6, at his Gospel. There are clear Eucharistic overtones in the way the miracle of the teaching of the 5,000 is related. We are told that Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to the people. Such language is meant to remind us of what he did at the Last Supper, and at what happens every time we celebrate the Eucharist.
Secondly, the feeding of the crowd points us to the faiths of the disciples. Philip was unsure when Jesus asked him where enough bread could be taught to feed everyone. Andrew did a little better. He took a hesitant step in faith and pushed toward the small boy with five loaves and two fish. At the command of Jesus, however, the disciples trustingly did exactly what he asked. This tells us that living by faith can sometimes be shaky and unclear, but that the word of Jesus can be relied upon.
Finally, this sign points us to God’s generous provision for our needs. By miraculously feeding the impossibly large with the incredibly small, Jesus reminds us that God always wants to nourish us, both humanly and spiritually. The supreme sign of this is in the Eucharist, when we receive the food and drink that points us towards heaven and tells us we are loved.
The Lord nourishes us here in the Eucharistic banquet as surely and generously ass he fed the people in the desert. He nourishes us so that we in our turn may be able to nourish others. Generosity should have a central place in our lives, and we get many opportunities in our everyday dealings with one another to practice it. It’s not only about giving things, but also and more especially about giving of ourselves – of our time, our energy, and our love, some people will only experience God’s generosity through our willingness to give of what we have and, in faith, to allow God to multiply the graces and benefits that will flow from it.
God’s generosity strengthens us to trust deeply in God’s care and to show that care to others by sharing what is ours.
Thursday, 23 July 2009
- Encyclopedia Cirerciensis –
A joint project of the Cistercian family
Almost 3,000 monasteries were founded; many of them have disappeared in the course of time.
At Nunraw Abbey Guesthouse, encountered some Guests from
As something of interest, the OCist Oblate, Gabriele, has enthusiasm in Cistercian Lay Associations and Oblates. She revealed that a few months ago she had contributed the subject of Nunraw Abbey to the Cistopedia, the Cistercian Encyclopedia.
At this point the only Cistopedia documentation for
I learned from this the example of the template to be filled with Data, Pictures and Bibliography. As encouraged by the OCSO and OCist Procurators Generals they write, “We warmly invite you to also support and participate in the project, so that as our collection of data and photographs grows, our Cistercian community may grow as well”.
It makes fascinating and interesting building up of this Cistopedia resource.
Many thanks to Gabriele’s initiative – and prompts us on to further research.
Below as from Cistopedia
Bernard’s Convent, Saint
Hyning, Our Lady of
Our Lady and St. Bernard, Monastery of
West Malling, Our Lady of of
HADDINGTON East Lothian – Founder:
HADDINGTON. Founded by
Medieval Religious Houses